Wednesday Roundup: Heath ruled out for Thorns this weekend

The Equalizer Staff April 19, 2017 33

 Also in today’s roundup, Michelle Betos makes her debut for Norweigan club Valerenga and Orlando Pride add partner in Florida Dairy Farmers

Tobin Heath to miss the first two games of the regular season with the Thorns due to injury (photo copyright EriMacPhoto for The Equalizer)

Tobin Heath to miss the first two games of the regular season with the Thorns due to injury (photo copyright EriMacPhoto for The Equalizer)

Mark Parsons told The Oregonian today that Tobin Heath will not be traveling with the Thorns this weekend to North Carolina where they are set to take on the Courage on Saturday, April 22. He stated that she will be training next week and hopes to see her get some minutes under her belt against Chicago in Week 3.

Heath was withdrawn from USWNT camp earlier this month ahead of the two-game friendly series against Russia due to a minor back injury. She missed last weekend’s opening game with the Thorns as well.

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In addition to Heath, the Thorns will be without defender Katherine Reynolds and midfielder Dagny Brynjarsdottir who also missed last weekend’s opener. Reynolds will be out for the next couple of weeks whereas Brynjarsdottir should be in full training next week ready for Chicago.

For the Courage, Elizabeth Eddy has a hamstring injury but her status for Saturday is not yet known.

Betos makes Valerenga debut

Michelle Betos made her first appearance for Valerenga in a match up against Avaldsnes in both team’s first games of the 2017 Norweigan Toppserien season on Monday. Avaldsnes scored once in each half courtesy of Hanna Dahl and Francielle to secure a 2-1 win over Betos’ Valerenga. A late first half goal from forward Sofie Christiansen was not enough as Valerenga started the season off with a loss.

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In February, Betos, then goalkeeper for the Portland Thorns FC of the NWSL, confirmed that she was leaving the team to pursue an opportunity to play in Norway with Valerenga. Her last season in Portland was a memorable one as she became the starter for head coach Mark Parsons in 2016 who then went on to win the NWSL Shield that year. In 2015 Betos was NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year and produced one of the most memorable highlights ever when she scored in stoppage time to earn a draw with FC Kansas City.

Orlando Pride form partnership with Florida Dairy Farmers

The Pride partnered with Florida Dairy Farmers for the 2017 NWSL Season (photo: Orlando Pride)

The Pride partnered with Florida Dairy Farmers for the 2017 NWSL Season (photo: Orlando Pride)

Today, the Orlando Pride announced its partnership with Florida Dairy Farmers. Through this partnership with the club, Florida Dairy Farmers also becomes the official partner of Orlando City Youth Soccer as well as an associate partner of the Orlando City Foundation’s Soccer for Success Program.

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Florida Dairy Farmers are very active in the community in encouraging youth to live a healthy life and make smart choices when it comes to their health. Such initiatives are a main reason why the partnership fit so well according to Rob Parker, vice president of corporate partnerships at Orlando City SC. “We are proud to have Florida Dairy Farmers’ support for both the Pride and our youth-facing programs, ” he said in the club’s official release. “They have been great stewards in the community helping empower youth to achieve healthy lifestyle choices and that is something we aim to do as well though out teams and athletes.”

The Pride are looking to bounce back from their 2-0 defeat last week in Portland in this weekend’s first home game at Orlando City Stadium. They will host the Washington Spirit in both team’s second game of the fifth NWSL season.

  • guest

    The Orlando Purple Nurples just keep making the lactation jokes too easy. Now they have their dairy supply to go with their logo looking like a lactating boob.

    • anon

      as a woman who has recently lactated i’ve never drawn this connection. weird.

      • JAMA

        Sexual perversion among males is common.

        • guest

          especially here

        • mockmook

          And, females?

          Surely you are saying that each sex has different drives, because that would mean each sex should be treated differently — my goodness, that could lead to things like separate restrooms — YOU’RE A MONSTER…

          • guest

            How in the actual world did you become a fan of women’s soccer?

          • Steglitz49

            I put it to you that you should direct your ire at the geezerette who uses “jama” as her moniker. It is an outrageous slur.

            Common is often defined as between 1% and 10% when very common is used for 10% or more. Some would say that common is 33%. Either way “jama” is out of line.

          • mockmook

            How did JAMA come to single out males when talking about perversion?

            Explain to me the thought process — show me how I’m so “out of touch” or whatever you are implying.

        • Steglitz49

          Your use of common seems at odds with reality.

  • Steglitz49

    Tottenham Hotspur Ladies has won the FAWPL Southern title with three games to spare in front of a crowd of 2,140 at White Hart Lane yesterday. Unbeaten Spurs became champions, beating West Ham’s lasses 4-0. A sort of local derby you might type.

  • Steglitz49

    Michele Betos first match for Vålerenga was against Avaldsnes. Avaldsnes was the team where Adrianna Franch and Casey Short rebuilt their careers after injury and where Madeline Schiffel honed her skills before joining Seattle.

    Avaldsnes is a hamlet of less than 3,000 people in the west country of Norway where they speak an incomprehensible dialect. Norway’s answer to Vittsjö in south Sweden.

    • Bluenun

      Hey Steglitz, do you know why Betos left thorns?

      • Steglitz49

        No. I suspect it was that because Franch became allocated, Portland had no need to pay for Betos’s services so they cut her lose. Why she chose a team in Oslo in Norway over anywhere else, I have not the foggiest. It could be that Casey and Adrianna spoke highly of Norway in general.

        • tonysocref

          Franch was not designated a Federation Player for 2017.
          Only GK’s USSF designated are Harris and Naeher.

          • Steglitz49

            JE has AF in the camps. Portland may expect that AF’s salary bill will be picked up centrally. They may be disappointed, of course.

          • FawcettFan14

            Franch has been quite casual and reckless with the ball at her feet. She was punished for it in pre-season, and should’ve been on Saturday. Though she isn’t the only one. Parsons clearly wants his team to possess out of the back, but repeatedly they’ve worked themselves into a corner and turned over possession near their own goal. Long, Sonnett, and Kling in particular are guilty of this.

          • Steglitz49

            While Casey played consistently for Avaldsnes and made the 1st XI of Toppserien, AF had a much more mixed season with Avaldsnes and only played about half the games.

            The 2900 inhabitants of this hamlet took the American lasses to heart by all accounts. Thus, they may have been able to cut deals to come to the NWSL. Better number one in the Norwegian West Country than number 2 in the USWNT, Chicago and/or Portland.

          • tonysocref

            Especially considering that Campbell was in the last camp and got capped against Russia.
            AF to date has not been capped.

          • Steglitz49

            JE could have indicated that unless AF became the starting goalie for Portland, she had no chance of getting allocated, while Betos was never going to be allocated.

            It is also worth remembering that before her injury, AF was seen as Hope’s obvious successor.

            Instead of reaching after players like Pugh and Pinto (what is it about these Ps?) JE must search for 3 top notch goalies sized 5’11” to 6’1″ even 6’2″, if necessary finding them in high school.

        • FlyingSquirrel42

          Any reason for moving to Norway is acceptable other than being a black metal fan.

          • Steglitz49

            Touché! Though, I thought that applied to Finland — or are they Gothic Rock? Per Gessle rules OK!

          • FlyingSquirrel42

            Actually, I think this guy from your neck of the woods is considered by some to have been the “founder” of black metal, though he later moved on to a different style:

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quorthon

            I probably tend to associate it with Norway because a few of the Norwegian black metal musicians arguably did the most to put the genre on the map in terms of “infamy,” but it’s not a Norwegian-only genre, and a few band members from other countries have been involved in some pretty extreme incidents too. (To be honest, I’m more familiar with some of the offstage history than the music itself, though what I do know of the music doesn’t exactly encourage me to listen to more of it.)

          • Steglitz49

            Verily.

          • mockmook

            Why do you want to discriminate against these guys?

            https://img1.etsystatic.com/000/0/5847793/il_570xN.343140641.jpg

  • Guest

    Random but I would like to see Pride try:

    ……Catley………..Edmonds………..Camila
    ……………….Marta………….Driesse………….
    ……………………….Kennedy……………………
    Weatherholt….Monica…Alleway….Krieger

    They need more sophistication up top and this is a way to do it

    • mockmook

      I like the thought process, just not sure that Edmonds at CF and Camila offer any more “sophistication” in actually scoring goals.

      Unfortunately, the “sophisticated” Forward cupboard is kind of bare.

      Please Alex and Rachel, please hurry back…

      Meanwhile, Kolander is still out there, waiting patiently to become someone’s target Forward.

      OTOH, perhaps the best use of Marta is at CF until reinforcements arrive.

      • Guest

        I know, but it was just so uninspiring seeing nothing going through the midfield last week with Spencer and Ubogagu not being able to do anything besides pounce on Franch’s mistakes. I think this would put some quality in the midfield which would allow build up play to happen and you then have some goal scorers up top/good ball handlers who can get to goal

      • Guest

        Who is Kolander???

        • mockmook

          WHO IS KOLANDER????

          A tall (6′ 1″), athletic, technical Forward — Golden Gopher from Minnesota — who was eligible for the 2017 draft:

          http://www.gophersports.com/sports/w-soccer/mtt/simone_kolander_847161.html

          (She was an invitee to the CRS in preseason and made it until the final cuts)

          • mockmook

            I should note, this game in no way shows Kolander at her best.

          • Steglitz49

            then, why select it?

          • mockmook

            It’s not my job to be a PR person for Kolander — this was a handy video to let Guest see who she is.

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